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Heliocentric

Two Brothers Brewing Company
Warrenville, IL
USA
http://www.twobrosbrew.com/

Style: Bragot
ABV: 7.5%

Eddie’s Rating:
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Comments:
When you hear the word “honey” you usual think “sweet,” and bragots can be just as sweet as their older cousins, mead. But that strong presence of honey doesn’t mean a bragot has to be sweet, and a great example of that fact is Two Brothers Brewing’s Heliocentric Bragot, one of their limited release artisanal beers.

Heliocentric pours a pure, cloudy gold, and sports next to no head. The nose is light and dry, maybe a bit tinny with some vague Belgian-like spiciness. Belgian yeast, perhaps? There is some sugary sweetness at the very front of the sip, but that quickly disappears behind a vein of malt riding on a medium, firm mouthfeel. And just when you’re ready for some thick, syrupy sweetness, instead it finishes dry as a bone. And I mean dry. In fact, a little too dry, so much so that it’s a bit devoid of flavor on the backwash.

With that dryness and a relatively low ABV of 7.5 percent (bragots usually hover upwards of 12), Heliocentric makes for a pleasant sipping beer, but nothing more. With a little more backbone, and maybe a touch more spiciness, this could have been something special. But recommended nonetheless.

Reviewed by Eddie Glick on September 28, 2007.
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